In short

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - Living -

Herbal tea or stiff drink?

I pre­fer loose green tea. But I also hold the old-fash­ioned view that a host owes it to his guests to treat them well, es­pe­cially through their glass.

Most trea­sured item of cloth­ing?

A thick leather jerkin – hav­ing lived in South Africa, I now feel the English win­ter.

Worst habit?

Be­ing over-or­gan­ised. My chil­dren roll their eyes be­cause I am al­ways try­ing to over­clut­ter their days.

What an­noys you?

Peo­ple be­ing late. I re­mem­ber say­ing early on in my mar­riage to Karen that “you’ll never be bored with me”. She said, “Ex­cept in a lot of air­ports”, be­cause I like to get there so early.

Best ad­vice ever re­ceived?

When I worked for NBC, a veteran ra­dio cor­re­spon­dent told me there are only three re­ac­tions you want from your au­di­ence: “Hey, that’s me; hey, I wish that was me; and hey, I’m glad that’s not me”.

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